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The seductive attraction of drug testing

09 July 2013, 12:18
There is no scientific evidence base to support drug testing – it is a clear example of punitive populist informed policy based evidence. Many of the companies touting enforcement to try and ensure a drug free environment are run by ex- drug law enforcement officers.

Drug testing:

1. undermines harm reduction2. is unreliable and costly3. breaches human rights4. wrongly targets presence not intoxication5. wrongly targets use not misuse6. encourages diversion to other non detectable legal highs7. encourages diversion to more dangerous drugs that are expelled quicker8. promotes a false certainty9. is politically driven rather than evidenced based10. continues an intolerant war on drugs.

This is from a PowerPoint Presentation of a paper given by Julian Buchanan at the Crime & Justice Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand on 11th June 2013.
http://www.scoop.it/t/drugs-society

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